Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs are another popular pet option. These larger rodents grow to weigh about 2 to 3 pounds, and tend to be almost a foot long. Because of their short legs, they have a very stout body and no visible tail.

You’ll find that guinea pigs come in a variety of colors and combinations. You’ll also notice that guinea pigs display an array of hair types. An American coat is smooth and short, an Abyssinian coat is relatively short with rosettes (or “swirls”), a Peruvian coat is long-haired, and a Skinny Pig is a hairless variety.

Guinea pigs definitely require a commitment, and have average lifespans anywhere between 5 to 8 years. However, they tend to be quite good company and don’t ask for much. Most guinea pigs are fairly quiet, but they can also reward their owners with squeals, purrs, and other sounds of affection.

Be sure to provide this large rodent with plenty of space and a large hut to hide in. They aren’t climbers, so one level is all that’s necessary. Cleaning their bedding (preferably soft paper) once or twice a week is recommended. Guinea pigs will do well if kept as same-sex pairs since they enjoy company, but, care should always be taken to monitor any aggression between them.

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